Sunday, January 20, 2013

Vogue 1258 Vena Cava Dress - the metallic emerald version



Vogue 1258 - front
This is my second version of this dress, the first was here. I made this before Christmas as my Christmas dress and I was under the gun because I was making it to wear out that night - no time for too much mucking around.

Vogue 1258 back - STILL some swayback wrinkling and a cami needed.

Vogue 1258 - side
This time I didn't bother with the sleeve extensions or the pockets (which both had to be removed last time). I was happy with the shorter length tie I used last time, so went with that again.

I did however alter the back hemline so that it didn't raise up in the middle, I think it might still go up a bit but it isn't as bad as last time.

I also removed the extra from the bottom of the back bodice pattern piece (sway back) - I removed the same amount that I had to last time but somehow I had to do it again (just as much) once the dress was made ............. different knits, different quirks I suppose.

Last time I had to raise the bottom of the bodice part just above the knot to pull the dress up after it was all sewn up, this time, I preempted that caper.

I still had to raise the neckline of course and reinforce where all of the pieces meet in the centre front.

I did consider narrowing the shoulders and adding the sleeve extensions but decided that just couldn't be bothered.

When all of the pieces were all cut out and partially assembled I discovered that this fabric had a flaw, there was a lovely spot of black where the emerald green paint had failed to adhere - about 1cm above my bust point, there was no way that that wouldn't be noticed! I had just enough fabric left to eek out another piece - completely ignoring any grain issues, it seems to have worked out ok.

I didn't use my overlocker at all, all on the sewing machine. Twin needle for the hem, neckline and armholes.

Once it was done there was still a lot of fiddling and tweeking to get those pleats to look better, just like last time. The dress feels as though the waist line is below my waist? I don't know, it just doesn't feel as though it's pulling where it should be. Even though it's a fairly quick make, I think I'm tweeked out on this pattern.





15 comments:

  1. This dress looks absolutely stunning on you! Great matching of fabric to pattern...off to have a peek around your blog...J

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    1. Thanks Judith, it was lucky that I had just enough to recut the front bodice piece!

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  2. Beautiful, a real party dress.

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    1. I dare say it'll be trotted out next Christmas as well - it's very Christmassy.

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  3. BTW I have just nominated you for a Leibster award over at my blog http://valeriesownsewingblog.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/burda-9-2007-104-coat-update-and-award.html#comment-form

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  4. I think you've done a fabulous job with this one and it's looks great on you :)

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    1. Thanks! It's a shame it doesn't feel 'right' on.

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  5. This looks like a great party dress now. Love it.

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    1. You can bet it'll be pulled out next Christmas.

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  6. I adore your interpretation of the Vena Cava dress. You achieved a flattering fit and you look wonderful in this style.

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    1. It still makes me feel a bit "out there" but at least I'm brave enough to wear it.

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  7. Ohhh LOVE! I bought this pattern and I keep seeing so many amazing versions, I better get my brave on and think about making one for myself! :)

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    1. Like the other 99% of people that made this pattern, I'm sure you'll have no problems at all (why can't I be in that 99%?)

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  8. WOW! I think this dress pattern was made for you :) ok, ok - what I mean is - the perfectly adjusted version of this pattern is made for you ;) I don't think I've ever sewn something up that's fitted straight away to be fair... It looks amazing!

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